Those who are new to Lindamood-Bell may be more familiar with traditional tutoring that takes place over the course of semesters or years. Because of that, our daily instruction, which changes reading or comprehension in a short period of time, may be unfamiliar. An intensive, daily learning environment can be ideal for many types of students: those who are struggling, those who are not performing to their potential, and those who want to get ahead. Lindamood-Bell pioneered the concept of intensive instruction—four hours per day, five days per week with our evidence-based instruction.
Why is daily beneficial?
Nanci Bell, co-founder, explains daily intensive instruction in the following excerpt from Visualizing and Verbalizing for Language Comprehension and Thinking:
“The rate of learning gain can be improved with intensive intervention. Students with severe weakness in concept imagery may be years behind in language comprehension. For example, Johnny, a student in the fifth grade with reading comprehension at the second-grade level, has a three-year gap between his grade level and his reading comprehension. Even with adequate oral vocabulary and decoding skills, Johnny didn’t gain a year in reading comprehension for each year in school…intervention has to decrease the learning gap by increasing the rate of learning. To increase the rate of learning, you need to provide the right diagnosis and the right instruction, in the right environment. The last is often intensive intervention, four hours a day, five days a week, which results in years of gain in weeks of instruction.”
Will intensive instruction be “too much” for my child?
Parents may worry that their child will not be able to maintain focus for so many hours. We get it! Even the most disciplined student would have difficulty attending to a teacher for twenty hours per week of typical reading help.
Our continued success with students, including those with a previous diagnosis of a learning difficulty and/or attention issue, is due to our unique approach. We accurately assess individual needs and provide research-validated instruction in a safe, positive, focused environment. Lindamood-Bell sessions feature a high level of interaction, movement, games, and motivational rewards. Students work with a different instructor every hour to keep attention rate and intensity high and the sessions interesting. Our instructors are energetic and passionate about maximizing learning throughout every session. As a result, our students see success quickly and realize they can learn given the right tools!
Hear from Mary, a mom who enrolled 3 of her children in intensive instruction at Lindamood-Bell.
Learning at Lindamood-Bell
Summer is a great time to schedule intensive instruction, and catch up or get ahead for the next school year. Our instruction is based on the learning needs of each student. We can make a difference for students of all ages and abilities.
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